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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

New Delhi Monkeys Still a Menace

NEW DELHI -- First it was the death of Delhi's deputy mayor, who fell after a fight with monkeys on the balcony of his home last month.

Then 25 residents were bitten, scratched and mauled by a lone monkey that went on the rampage in the capital last weekend.

The monkey reportedly tried to snatch several infants before being beaten back by residents armed with sticks and metal bars.

"Primal Invasion" read the headline in the Hindustan Times.

Authorities are struggling to contain primates that are stubbornly hampering efforts to portray New Delhi as a modern, clean and globalized capital.

Faced with what many saw as a monkey plague on homes, offices and ministries, this year city authorities started to capture and send them to a sanctuary on Delhi's outskirts.

Delhi government officials say they have caught and relocated around 1,900 monkeys. While there is no census of monkey numbers, officials say thousands still live on the city's streets.

The city of 14 million people is growing quickly and experts say monkeys are increasingly being forced out of forests to lead urban lives, putting them on a collision course with humans.